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Franny and Zooey as Victims
"We're freaks,the two of us, Franny and I... and both of those
bastards are responsible...I could murder both without batting
an eyelash... The great teachers, the great emancipators."
Childhood memories are ripples of waves crashing serenly throughout my
mind. Memories of climbing trees, playing dress-up and other fun-filled
reminiscences float through these waters like drift wood. I remember
nothing but living in a joyful bliss. My only tragdy was when Barbie's
beloved Ken's head fell off.
We are all increadibly innocent as children. We will reach out to
anyone's hand with out eyes fille with trust. The events of our childhood
determines who we are, what we will be, what our future hold. For example,
I have recently learned that, in many cases, an abused child will result in
a loathsome and abusive adult. The process continues geeneration after
generation. This is devestating because his or her child has absolutely no
power in controlling the early events of their childhood. An abused child
is not at fault of the results of their childhood. A child is easily
susceptible to having the rest of his or her life ruined, such as being
I believe this happened in Franny and Zooey's case as children. They came
from a relatively large family, consisting of two parents and seven
siblings. The Glass children had a radio talk show called the "Wise Child"
when they were younger. Such pressures put upon the children resulted in
which Zooey calls "The Wise Child complexes". He believes that they never
really left the air. He believes that instead of carrying a normal
conversation, he expound on everything and ;therefore, is not able to keep
his mouth closed.
The two eldest siblings of the Glass children, Seymour and Buddy, have
influenced both Franny and Zooey, who are the two youngest in the family.
Zooey believes that it is them who have made him and Franny what they are
now, "freaks". Because Zooey believes they are responsible, he developed a
hatred for his brothers. I believe this hatred evolved from fustration.
This fustration could possibly be caused from the seperation he must feel
towards Seymour and Buddy. Seymour commited suicide, leaving young Zooey
with unanswered questions. Buddy appears to be cutting himself off from
his family,or even reality. He lives as a hermit, he is locked away in a
cabin with neither heating, electricity, nor a phone. Seymour and Buddy
have both put themselves in the same situation toward Franny and Zooey. It
seems that Buddy does everything that Seynour did, or tries to.
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wonders why Buddy just does not kill himself and "get it over with". The
problem is lack of communication.
Franny seems to be looking for something, in terms of the complexities of
her life. Perhaps it could be an answer to a meaningful question. She
turns to two of Seymour's old books, entitled The Way of a Pilgram and The
Pilgram continues on His Way. She carries these bood with her everywhere
she goes. These books are about a peasant man in search of understanding,
how to pray wihout ceasing, so he can reach some sort of religious
enlightenment. This man somehow relates to Franny,as the man is searching
for bliss and Franny for some sort of meaning.
Franny and Zooey are victims. They are robbed of the right to feel
security, happiness, and "normality". They understand what they have become,
but do not understand what shall happen next. They will never have the
feeling of security. This novel relates to our society because this type of
situation happens everywhere today. It has always been around. If it was
not, then I believe that this world would be so much brighter and happier.
We should learn to understand this problem, help others in distress, and
stop it from occuring.